Recap Of 2015’s Major NFL Coaching Changes

As I pointed out last summer when I examined the longest-tenured head coaches in the league, a coach’s job is rarely safe in the NFL. At the time, more than half of the league’s head coaches had been with their current teams for two years or less, and since then, seven more clubs have made changes.

And if a head coaching position is tenuous, that’s doubly true for offensive and defensive coordinators. Not only do new head coaches typically bring in their own OCs and DCs, regardless of the previous coach’s performance, but teams will often replace a coordinator on one side of the ball or the other following a disappointing season by his unit. Over half the teams in the NFL will make a change at either OC or DC (or both) this winter.

We’ve been following all the latest updates on head coaches and offensive and defensive coordinators with our trackers, but as hiring season winds down, it’s worth rounding up all the changes in one spot. So here are 2015’s new head coaches, offensive coordinators, and defensive coordinators, along with 2014’s HCs, OCs, and DCs that have since found jobs elsewhere….

Head coaches:

Offensive coordinators:

Defensive coordinators:

Other 2014 head coaches with new jobs:

  • Jacksonville Jaguars: Hired former Bills HC Doug Marrone as assistant head coach and offensive line coach.
  • New Orleans Saints: Hired former Raiders HC Dennis Allen as senior defensive assistant.
  • San Francisco 49ers: Hired former Raiders interim HC Tony Sparano as tight ends coach.
  • University of Michigan: Hired former 49ers HC Jim Harbaugh as head coach.

Other 2014 OCs, DCs with new jobs:

  • Baltimore Ravens: Hired former Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg as quarterbacks coach.
  • Buffalo Bills: Hired former Bears OC Aaron Kromer as offensive line coach.
  • Jacksonville Jaguars: Hired former Bills OC Nathaniel Hackett as quarterbacks coach.
  • San Diego Chargers: Hired former Falcons DC Mike Nolan as linebackers coach.
  • San Francisco 49ers: Hired former Raiders DC Jason Tarver as senior defensive assistant and outside linebackers coach.
  • Tennessee Titans: Hired former Steelers DC Dick LeBeau as assistant head coach.
  • University of Alabama: Hired former Bears DC Mel Tucker as defensive backs coach.
  • University of Georgia: Hired former Rams OC Brian Schottenheimer as offensive coordinator.
  • University of Michigan: Hired former Jaguars OC Jedd Fisch as passing game coordinator, quarterbacks coach, and wide receivers coach.
  • Washington: Hired former Cowboys OC Bill Callahan as offensive line coach.
  • Washington: Hired former Giants DC Perry Fewell as defensive backs coach.
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